GLASGOW – There is only one day left before the Glasgow Highland Games, a three-day Scottish festival, gets underway.
The festival will take place at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, starting at noon on Friday with lunch with the chief of the games.
This year's chief is James C. Burnett of Leys, who is from Aberdeenshire in the eastern portion of the Scottish Highlands.
Bob Harrison, president of the Glasgow Highland Games, explained that the festival has always started with the chief's luncheon so that everyone can have a chance to meet the chief and to talk with him or her.
“He's a very fine gentleman,” Harrison said of Burnett. “He's willing to go talk to people and meet with people. He will really be an excellent chief for us this year.”
This year's festival will feature a performance by the Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premiere traditional bands, during the Ceilidh, a Scottish folk concert scheduled for Friday evening.
The Glasgow Highland Games is one of the band's concert stops on its 50th-anniversary tour.
The concert will also take place on Saint Andrews' field near the entrance to the state park.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. The Plaza Theatre in downtown Glasgow is a possible location for the concert if it does rain.
“We hope we don't have to use it,” Harrison said. “We are hoping we can have the music outside.”
Typically, the Tannahill Weavers only do one performance at the games, but this year Harrison said they will be performing during the festival on Saturday and Sunday.
“They have never been to a games in the United States where they have done anything but a one-day show. We were able to convince them to be here for all three days,” Harrison said.
The festival will also feature the Women's National Scottish Athletics Championship, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“We will have two girls [who have won] the U.S. Competition and have set world records,” Harrison said. “This is the second year that we've had it. Who wins at our games will represent the U.S. at the World Scottish Athletics Championship in Scotland.”
The festival also features a variety of food, some of which is Scottish, as well as numerous vendors selling a wide array of merchandise, including kilts.
There is also a chance to do some genealogy during the festival.
“You can network through the clan tents and have just a real good time with all of the clans,” said Ernie Myers, executive vice president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce. “They welcome folks to come into their tents to talk and learn about their Scottish heritage.”
Events scheduled for Saturday include the opening ceremonies, massed bands performance and games for children and musical performances.
The festival will conclude on Sunday with the battle ax competition, more children's games and the bonniest knees competition.
Also taking place this weekend is the 400 Mile Yard Sale, which begins Thursday and continues through Sunday. The 400 Mile Yard Sale follows the path U.S. 68 takes across the state and features several stops in Glasgow and Barren County.
Cave City's downtown concert series will get underway at 6 p.m. Friday with a performance by local bluegrass band Arthur Hatfield ad Buck Creek.
The Barren River Animal Welfare Association will hold its first-ever Running With The Hounds Poker Run on Saturday. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. The motorcycles will leave BRAWA off Trojan Trail at noon and return at 4 p.m. for a meal and silent auction.